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Kagame Says Africa Should Leverage Its Population

President Paul Kagame said that the fact that Africa’s population will increase in 30 years, it should not be considered as an obstacle, but an opportunity to be leveraged.

He was speaking on Sunday December 8 at the ‘Africa 2018 Forum’ in Egypt hosted by President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi under the theme “Bold Leadership and Collective Commitment: Advancing Intra-African Investments”.

The two-day forum convenes more than 1,000 leaders in business and policy from around the world.

The forum aims at providing a platform for heads of state and government as well as private sector and business leaders in Africa and the world to discuss a wide range of business and development issues on the continent and to engage Africa’s most important economic partners and stakeholders.

President Kagame took part in the Youth Entrepreneurs Day Presidential Intergenerational Dialogue where he delivered remarks alongside President Al Sisi and five young African entrepreneurs.

Africa has a population of 1.2 billion.

In 2050, the population is expected to be 2.5 billion.

At present, 41% of Africans are aged below 15 while 19% are aged between 15 and 24 years of age.

President Kagame said that this increase should not be treated as a problem, but a great opportunity.

“The young people we are talking about, men and women, are the population that is today 1.2 billion Africans, and in the near future, by 2050, it will be double that. We need to first of all view it not as a threat. When you talk about 2.5 billion people on our continent in 2050, it is not a threat. It is an opportunity, an advantage, a strength,” President Kagame said.

He added that; “We need to make the right investments in our young people who have the advantage of age and strength, and the skills that come with that. But they need facilitation for us to be where we want to be. That requires both organization and everyone’s input, given the skills they have acquired or other experiences.”

Kagame said that it is exciting that people begin to see the benefits of discussing the future of Africa that will include everyone.

At present, the world is inhabited by 7.3 billion people. In 2050, they will be around 9.7 billion
According to the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in 2015, most of the projected increase in the world’s population can be attributed to a short list of high-fertility countries, mainly in Africa, or countries with already large populations.

During 2015-2050, half of the world’s population growth is expected to be concentrated in nine countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America (USA), Indonesia and Uganda, listed according to the size of their contribution to the total growth.

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